Egg Industry - July 2018 - 8
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DESIGNING AN EFFECTIVE EGG FARM
Learn more: 5 steps to improve
biosecurity on farms:
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of pest management systems. Of course, feed is a major attraction to pests and can be contaminated with pathogens.
Organic acid or chemical treatment may be necessary to
Surface water poses a major risk. If it is going to be
used for washing, then it should be treated with chemicals
or UV light. It is not recommended that surface water be
used as the birds' drinking source.
Birds with outdoor access during high-risk AI periods
should be restricted from the outdoors.
It is recommended to have veterinarian
oversight for a biosecurity program and
For AI polymerase chain reaction surveillance testing, focus on testing daily mortality
first instead of live birds. Testing should be
implemented if there is unexplained mortality, a
greater than 20 percent decline in feed and water
intake, or a higher than 5 percent drop in egg production.
"If you don't know if you have a problem, your
neighbors are then at a greater risk," Schaal said.
Investment in the laboratory and proper testing protocols are all critically important.
"By following the group's set plan, one should understand what their biosecurity program limitations are
and where they can improve, and always remember your
plan will have to change over time," Schaal said. ■
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